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FRONJACKSONWEBB | April 01, 2015 | GENERAL PRACTICE | |

Private health insurance ‘carrot and stick’ reforms have failed – here’s why

Anne-marie Boxall writes: If your workplace is anything like mine, this week’s private health insurance premium increases might prompt conversations that go something like this:

Can you believe our private health insurance costs $421 a month – and we are all really healthy!

Some people baulk at the cost of private insurance – especially the relatively young and healthy – because they [...]

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MARIE MCINERNEY | April 01, 2015 | EVIDENCE-BASED ISSUES | |

How GPs balance the dilemmas of prostate testing: study results

The evidence suggest the harms of population screening for prostate cancer outweigh the benefits, so why does it remain so popular? It’s a complex issue, particularly for GPs who are on the frontline on decision-making, says Kristen Pickles from the School of Public Health at the University of Sydney. Pickles led a recent study of 32 [...]

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MARIE MCINERNEY | March 31, 2015 | CHILD HEALTH | |

Tax reform promises focus not just on how much, but how revenue raised, while Budget cuts still major concern

Yesterday Treasurer Joe Hockey released the Federal Government’s long-awaited discussion paper on tax reform, which comes just five years after the long-awaited Australia’s Future Tax System Review for the Labor Government by former Treasury Head Ken Henry. Among other measures, the paper advocates broadening the GST and reducing income and company taxes,  along with a [...]

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MARIE MCINERNEY | March 30, 2015 | CHOOSING WISELY | |

Q&A: What can we learn from the US Choosing Wisely campaign to cut down unnecessary tests, treatment?

  Below is the second in a series of posts that Croakey is running on the ground-breaking Choosing Wisely campaign, which will launch in Australia on 29 April. The campaign focuses on cutting down the numbers of unnecessary medical tests and treatment and has been successful in the USA and Canada in reducing non-evidenced based interventions. [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | March 29, 2015 | INDIGENOUS HEALTH | 1 |

“Like all anti-racism efforts, our campaign confronted and challenged some people…”

Georgie Harman, CEO of beyondblue, writes: beyondblue recently released findings of an independent evaluation of the Stop. Think. Respect. ‘Invisible Discriminator’ campaign, which showed increased awareness of racial discrimination in people who had seen the ads. The campaign was launched in July last year to highlight the link between psychological distress and subtle racism. It hit the [...]

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KELLIE BISSET | March 27, 2015 | CANCER | |

The Health Wrap: Forgotten election issues, Indigenous funding reprieve, mind-eating ice, Medicare debate not dead yet

                It’s with pleasure I introduce this week’s Health Wrap from my colleague Megan Howe, who has joined the Sax Institute as Publications Manager. Megan knows more than a thing or two about health reporting – she has worked in the media for 25 years, most recently as [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | March 27, 2015 | HEALTH REFORM | |

What are the health issues at stake when #NSWvotes?

NSW voters are expected to return Mike Baird’s Coalition Government this weekend (see reports at The Conversation and The Guardian), but the results in the Upper House are less certain, as former MP Rob Oakeshott pointed out at Croakey earlier this week. What are the health issues and concerns at play? Croakey contributors give their [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | March 26, 2015 | PHARMACY | |

Pharmacy deal in urgent need of new script

Adam Stankevicius writes: The Australian National Audit Office’s report into the $15.4 billion remuneration scheme for pharmacy owners reveals a bewildering scale of administrative failure that only becomes clear on a detailed reading of the audit document. The auditor’s exhaustive scrutiny of the administration of the Fifth Community Pharmacy Agreement (5CPA) shows the Health Department and [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | March 26, 2015 | CLIMATE CHANGE | 1 |

The lottery on offer at #NSWvotes: poison, catastrophe and coalmines…

Dr Tim Senior writes: Would you vote for a party that offered to poison you and your children slowly? What about a party offering entry to a lottery where the winning region picked at random would get a catastrophe? It might be severe bushfires, it might be a flood, but it would be dangerous and [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | March 25, 2015 | NSW ELECTION 2015 | 12 |

Rob Oakeshott on #NSWVotes: We need another way

Croakey is running a mini-series on health and the NSW election, but this election analysis by a former NSW MP, Rob Oakeshott, is a sobering reminder that any considerations of health and health policy must take account of the wider political context…. *** Rob Oakeshott writes: Nothing matters in this NSW election. As soon as [...]

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